Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance

Dissertation Evaluation Criteria

Dissertation Evaluation Criteria

First semester of doctoral program (Master’s program)

Master’s dissertation assessment system / evaluation criteria

To obtain master’s degree (Master of Arts), students need to receive the required research guidance and submit their master’s dissertation by the designated date. At the final examination for the degree, as a general rule, a master’s dissertation public hearing will be conducted to maintain transparency, followed by an interview, unless special circumstances arise such as those affecting patent application. The result will be made through an assessment by the assessment committee. The student’s supervisor as the chief examiner of master’s dissertation will then report the result by submitting an assessment report to the department meeting, and the department meeting will decide the final result.

Upon dissertation assessment, the following points will be taken into account for the evaluation.

Theories, policy issues, practical tasks, etc. related to disaster resilience and governance are analyzed.

The research subject and its significance are appropriately stated.
Research of precedent research and known facts are sufficiently carried out, and positioning of the dissertation is clearly stated with the research results.
Research methods are clearly shown, and the views for the results are stated logically and appropriately.
Novelty in work contents and obtained results are clearly shown.
The form of dissertation is properly presented.
There are no research ethics issues regarding research methods and format.

Second semester of doctoral program

Doctor’s dissertation assessment system / evaluation criteria

To obtain doctor’s degree (Ph.D.), students need to receive the required research guidance and submit their doctor’s dissertation by the designated date. As a general rule, the doctor’s dissertation is assessed by an assessment committee that is formed with four committee members (a full-time tutor as a chief examiner, and two full-time tutors and an external sub-chief examiner as sub-chief examiners). The external sub-chief examiner means a tutor from another department/faculty or graduate school of this university, or a tutor from another university, etc. It is a measure to secure transparency of the assessment, as the fields related to disaster resilience and governance are highly-diversified.

For the doctor’s degree assessment, as a general rule, a doctor’s dissertation public hearing (in principle) will be conducted to maintain transparency, followed by an interview, unless special circumstances arise such as those affecting patent application. The result will be made through an assessment by the assessment committee. The assessment committee will then report the result by submitting an assessment report to the department meeting, and the department meeting will decide the final result.

Upon dissertation assessment, the following points will be taken into account for the evaluation.

Theories, policy issues, practical tasks, etc. related to disaster resilience and governance are analyzed.
The research subject and its significance are appropriately stated.
Research of precedent research and known facts are sufficiently carried out, and positioning of the dissertation is clearly stated with the research results.
Research methods are clearly shown, and the views for the results are stated logically and appropriately.
Novelty and originality in work contents and obtained results are clearly shown, and the work contributes to academic development of this field.
The form of dissertation is properly presented.
At least two published papers that are included as a part of the doctor’s dissertation must have been posted or selected in a peer-reviewed collection of papers; or the assessment committee deems that the student has a research record that is equivalent to or higher than such condition.
There are no research ethics issues regarding research methods and format.

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